The 13th annual Prague Museum Night attracted thousands of visitors on Saturday. This year, 82 institutions, including galleries, museums and other cultural heritage sites, opened their door to the public until the late night hours. Among the institutions that joined the event this year for the first time was the Czech Radio and Karolinum, the headquarters of Charles University. In the previous weeks, the event took place in other Czech cities and towns.
Most tourists visiting the Czech capital converge on just a few spots in the city, crowding the streets along the so-called Royal Route that leads from through the Old Town Square to Charles Bridge – missing out on many other interesting places that Prague has to offer. Now, city councillors from the district Prague 7 have decided to change that. Last week they announced their plan to become the city’s new cultural district with an alternative to the Royal Route.
This year’s Prague Museum Night – which takes place on Saturday – will feature 80 museums and galleries, the organisers said on Tuesday. Though some important institutions such as the National Museum are closed for renovations, the number of participants is up by six on 2015. As every year, the museums and galleries will be open from 7 pm to 1 am and admission will be free; the only exception is the national monuments at Vyšehrad, which will charge a symbolic CZK 1 fee. Free transport between the venues will also be laid on.
Kateřina Čapková heads the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass, a not-for-profit organisation promoting excellence in glassmaking as well as offering a prestigious international award since 2008 which has attracted attention worldwide. The gallery also boasts a small depository and permanent collection – anyone interested in glass works should visit.
Last Saturday Trabant fans from around the country descended on Prague’s Motol district, in the western suburbs of the city, for the opening of the one-and-only Trabant Museum in the Czech Republic. The small two-cylinder vehicle born in communist East-Germany as an affordable car for the masses was neither affordable, nor easily accessible, but somehow or other the smoke-belching, sluggish Trabi has won many people’s hearts and still has fan clubs around the world.
An historic mountain chalet known as “Libušín” destroyed by a fire in 2014 should be restored within three years, Jindřich Ondruš, the head of the Wallachian Open Air Museum confirmed on Monday. The project is being underatken by the Brno firm Archatt, which won the tender to restore the site. Libušín was inspired by folk architecture and designed by Art Nouveau era architect Dušan Jurkovič. Named after the mythical Princess Libuše, the site opened in 1899.
The Art in Box gallery in downtown Prague primarily focuses on photography. In over five years of existence, it has put on exhibitions by the great exile photographer Jan Lukas, filmmaking legend Jan Švankmajer and scores of other noteworthy names. The small gallery is run by the Slovak-born curator, artist and journalist Nadia Rovderová. When we met recently at Art in Box, I asked Rovderová what had first brought her to the Czech capital.
A rare Gothic painting, Madonna of the Golden Crown, was returned to its original place at the Zlatá Koruna monastery in south Bohemia after 78 years on Sunday. The painting was placed in the newly restored Abbot’s Chapel of the monastery. The Madonna of the Golden Crown was painted between 1410 and 1420 and was most likely commissioned by the Cistercian monastery. It was hidden during WWII, after which it was housed at the National Gallery. Over 300 people attended a special mass celebrating its return.
The Madonna Zlatokorunská, a valuable gothic painting of a mother and child, has returned to the Zlatá Koruna monastery in South Bohemia after 78 years. The painting, created between 1410 and 1420, will be accessible to the public as of April 17, representatives of the National Heritage Institute said on Wednesday. It was taken away from the monastery in 1938 in a move to pre-empt it falling into the hands of Nazi Germany. After the war it became part of the National Gallery’s collection. It was returned to the Catholic Church in the 1990s.
An exhibition called Afghanistan: Rescued Treasures of Buddhism organized by the National Museum aims to present the war-torn country in a different light, to draw attention to its rich cultural history and point out the many influences that left their mark on Afghan culture and traditions. The exhibition focuses on the country’s pre-Islamic Buddhist period. Its chief organizer Lubomír Novák showed me around and began by explaining what makes the exhibition so special.
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